Teacher Jenny on cloud nine after freefall jump

JUMPING FOR JOY ... Jenny Parker raised hundreds of pounds for the battle against cancer after completing an 'amazing' sky dive.

JUMPING FOR JOY ... Jenny Parker raised hundreds of pounds for the battle against cancer after completing an 'amazing' sky dive.

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A CARING South Tyneside teacher proved the sky’s the limit in her bid to raise funds for the fight against cancer.

Jenny Parker, headteacher at Helen Gibson Nursery School, in North Lane, East Boldon, took the plunge for a parachute jump in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The mum-of-two decided to take the leap of faith after her father-in-law, Tom Parker, died of bladder cancer at the age of 68 in August.

Mrs Parker has raised more than £760 for the cause following her daring descent at the event at Shotton Colliery, County Durham.

She said: “It was the most scary and amazing thing I have ever done. It all went to plan. I dived from 13,000 feet.

“When we got there, I was watching other people doing jumps and the plane in the sky and it was just a tiny dot. I realised I was going to be jumping from that high, but it never put me off.

“I did a free-fall for about 40 seconds but it felt like so much longer. When the parachute opened, and I was coming back down to the ground it was just amazing – and it was for a good cause.”

When the charity champion landed she knew exactly what she wanted – a lie down and some comfort food served up by her proud husband, Tom.

She added: “I had family there supporting me, including my husband, my daughter and my mother-in-law, Fran Parker.

“They were all really proud of me. When I got home I just went for a lie down and my husband made me some burger and chips.”

Mrs Parker is still keen for more donations.Residents can donate at the nursery.

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